There is only one way to play girls soccer – all out, all the time and with some hot-blooded emphasis.
Callaway High School did that with pleasure in a 10-1 win over the Lady Tigers on Thursday night in Hogansville. This soccer game wasn’t close for long as Callaway High took a 6-0 lead in the first half.
“Our girls have a bond. They trust each other. Our goals are based on assists and crosses. Our team came out ready to play,” said Lady Cavaliers head coach Shonna Yawn.
From one end of the soccer yard to the other, Callaway High took it to the Lady Tigers. Callaway did that on a most consistent basis. The Lady Cavaliers left their footprints in the turf and in the memories of the Troup High players.
The Lady Cavaliers kept turning it up a notch, higher and higher.
“We’remoreteamoriented, and Troup is a huge rival. We played physical, not dirty. We had good pressure, and our shots were on target. Even our defensive players can score,” said Callaway High junior midfielder Chloe McGuffin.
She scored twice in the first half. The Lady Cavaliers established their dominance. Troup High was off its game from then on. The match belonged to the Lady Cavaliers, and they did what they wanted.
Callaway High most assuredly was the hungrier team. It looked as though the Lady Cavaliers did want this match more than the downtrodden Lady Tigers, who are 1-13-1 on the season.
“We had people everywhere. We practice a lot, and we wanted it bad. We are a good team,” said Callaway High senior midfielder Brianna Vaught. On this night the Lady Cavaliers would get their soccer inspiration from many sources, including junior forward Kelly Carlisle. She tallied two goals in the first half. Chyna Cameron also came off the bench and scored for the Lady Cavaliers.
Freshman Alyssa Niner poked the ball into the net as well for Callaway High. The Lady Cavaliers were on Easy Street with a six-goal halftime lead. Callaway High also played the second half as though the game was tied.
It most definitely was not even. The Lady Cavaliers scored their seventh goal early in the second half on a McGuffin five-yarder with 36:22 left. Callaway High senior defender Kyla Montgomery gave her team an 8-0 lead on a 10-yard goal at the 19:43 mark of the second half as well.
The Lady Cavaliers then opened up a 9-0 lead on a Carlisle score from 12 yards. The Lady Tigers got a second half wakeup call as well. Troup High scored on a five-yard goal from senior midfielder Shelby Culver. The Lady Tigers now trailed, 9-1.
Troup High does care. But so do the Lady Cavaliers, who forked down another offensive morsel with 1:37 left in the game. Vaught scored the last goal of the soccer match with a 25-yard booming ball.
The Lady Cavaliers never go quietly. Callaway High is 10-5-2 on the season.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer